Current News & Events

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Tues 20th Mar

UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference


For a review of the 2017 Planning Researcg Conference, hosted by the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning and the School of Natural and Built Environment by Bertie Dockerill please click here (in pdf format)


Wed 18th Jan

Dr Linda Fox-Rogers presentation at ISEP Seminar Series


Linda presented on "Shedding light on Ireland's informal planning system: Power, Politics and Dilemmas", she focuses her research interests in the analysis of governance processes in the fields of land-use planning, urban development and environmental policy. She is particularly interested in exploring how the uneven power dynamics between the multiple stakeholders in the planning system play out to produce substantive social, economical and environmental outcomes which often negate sound planning practice.

For more details about Linda click here

Wed 4th Jan

Mapping Isolation & Loneliness of Older People in Belfast


Researchers from the School of the Natural and Built Environment have been working with the Belfast’s Healthy Strategic Partnership (HASP) to map the risk factors that can pre-dispose older people to become lonely and socially isolated, which has major implications for their health and well-being, including mental health, malnutrition, cognitive decline and other conditions. Sara Ferguson and Prof Geraint Ellis have mapped a range of socio-demographic data including  single-person households access to a car, area deprivation, and health issues such as disability and combined this with lifestyle data drawn from the CACI Acorn Segmentation Tool. This has allowed the identification of areas in Belfast where older people at most risk of social isolation and loneliness and which are likely to contain the most vulnerable households. This highlights pockets of risk right across the city, in suburbs and in inner city areas, with areas in north and west Belfast having the most acute risk, particularly the Super Outputs Areas Crumlin (1), Shankill (1,2) and Woodvale (2, 3).  These maps provide an initial picture of the extent and distribution of the challenges of social isolation and therefore allows appropriate interventions, such as befriending scheme or other forms of social support to be targeted in the areas of greatest need.

For the report please click here

For more information please contact Sara Ferguson